Knicks Preview: 5 Keys to Defeating the Houston Rockets

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Nov 20, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Houston Rockets center

Dwight Howard

(12) and Houston Rockets center

Clint Capela

(15) talk during the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

2. Offensive Glass

When it comes to crashing the offensive boards, the New York Knicks are one of the best teams in the NBA. Behind rookie Kristaps Porzingis, New York is No. 4 in the NBA in offensive rebounding.

The Houston Rockets learned that the hard way.

The Knicks pulled down 19 offensive rebounds during the first meeting with the Rockets. That alone puts a team in a position to win, which is why New York must be just as aggressive this time around.

It must also do a better job of preventing offensive rebounds.

The Knicks won the battle in said area, but Houston pulled down 16 offensive boards. New York scored 20 second chance points, but the Rockets had an absurd 33.

If New York fails to keep Dwight Howard and Houston off of the offensive glass, it will have a hard time winning this game.

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